E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

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E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by Rav » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:57 pm


I noticed that the leather on my steering wheel feels loose at the top edge. It seems that the leather and whatever is under it, has come away from the metal ring inside the wheel. The leather and stuffing twist around at the top most edge. Its not bad yet, but i want to fix it before it gets worse.

Any ideas?
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Re: E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by Charles » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:59 am

Mine does that too!

Only option is to refurbish or replace the wheel, I'm afraid.
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Re: E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by Mr Scruff » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:40 pm

I've got a spare steering wheel for just this eventuality - plan is to get one refurbished while the other is on the car and then swap. Like everybody else been told that Royale Steering Wheels is the way to go but I've not quite got around to it yet!

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Re: E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by CaesarBob » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:32 pm

Isn't the issue with refurbs that no-one can replicate the parallel loop stitching, instead using criss-cross stitch?
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Re: E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by PhillV8S » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:30 pm

I spoke to the guy who runs royal steering wheels at Gaydon about this issue. I told hi. If he could learn the process to replicate the Alpina stitching he would be kept busy with Alpina owners. He told me he would look into it but don’t know how far this idea has progresses.
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Re: E46 B3 Steering wheel issue

Post by jolls » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:52 pm

I spoke to Btrim in Enfield about renewing the drivers side bolster on my B3. As he looked in the car he mentioned the steering wheel stitching which he said was difficult to do. Now I don't know if they can replicate the Alpina stitching but they might be worth asking.
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